Drug offences overtake alcohol for weekend drivers

More drivers have tested positive to driving under the influence of drugs than alcohol during a weekend blitz on motorists by police across NSW.

The results follow three separate traffic operations over the weekend and come despite five times as many random tests being conducted for alcohol than for drugs.

The operations, at Cabramatta in Sydney’s south-west as well as Lake Illawarra and Shoalhaven both south of Sydney, detected 14 drivers allegedly under the influence of drugs out of the 735 tested.

At the same time eight drivers were allegedly over the legal blood alcohol limit from the 3824 tested.

“This is a concern that more people are taking the risk of being under the influence of an illicit drug before getting behind the wheel,” Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said.

“However the weekends operations were just a small sample of drivers.”

Eight drivers were detected allegedly under the influence of drugs out of the 202 tested by police at Lake Illawarra, four at Cabramatta and two in the Shoalhaven.

Four people were allegedly drink driving in Lake Illawarra and Cabramatta, with no positive alcohol tests recorded in the Shoalhaven despite 1454 breath-tests.

Assistant Commissioner Hartley said police would be back out testing drivers this long weekend.

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